Kizzy Lopez, Ed.D., assistant professor of social work, gave a TEDx Talk at California State University, Fresno titled “The Trauma of Being Black in Foster Care” November 14, 2018. She discussed the compounding effects of trauma from adverse childhood experiences and racism experienced among black foster youth in America, highlighting the over-representation of black children in the foster care system and the individual and systematic discrimination they encounter. Lopez challenges viewers to be part of the solution to create a better society, especially for children of color.
Lopez teaches in the degree completion program, serving as the research faculty member for the department and primarily leading Introduction to Social Science Research Methods and thesis courses. Her research focuses on the experiences of underrepresented communities, particularly those who have experienced foster care or homelessness.